APB Film Collective, Stickboat Films showcase new film, ‘A VOID’

ALBANY — Troy’s APB Film Collective is returning from the pandemic with some new films.

The Collective, along with Stickboat Films, is holding multiple public encore screenings of director Joe Gietl’s latest short film, “A VOID,” on July 11, at Madison Theatre. The showings will be at 7 and 8 p.m. Tickets are free, but donations are accepted.

“It is our goal to create interesting stories while also helping to expand the potential of our film community and the artists we work with,” producer John Yost said. “With this screening of ‘A VOID,’ we are not only excited to finally bring Joe’s film to the big screen but also to finally be back in theaters watching films with everyone.”

Still from “A VOID.” Photo: APB Film Collective

“A VOID” is the story of two parents dealing with the tragic loss of their child. One throws themselves into their work at a physics lab, creating a possible replacement, while the other falls deep into the memory of what once was. This binary method of dealing with grief is at the center of the film’s representative imagery and metaphoric emptiness. As someone who is now 11 years sober, Gitel used the emptiness and sadness he experienced during that period as a driving force for writing and filming “A VOID.”

The film will kick off APB’s summer and fall screening series of its latest two projects, which also includes “DEVOUR” by Victoria Diana, which is slated to premiere early fall. A cast and crew screening will take place on July 10, at 7 p.m. at Madison Theater. Tickets are limited and free to the public.

The APB Film Collective is a film collective that works with artists and craftspeople at all skill levels to create projects across multiple platforms.

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